The House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.
The economic aid package designed to help ease the financial pain of the COVID-19 pandemic was to be considered by the Senate on Monday.
Rep. Debbie Lesko, of District 8, was one of the 40 Republicans who voted against the bill.
Lesko explained her vote in a Friday night tweet:
“I could not in good conscience vote for a 100-plus page bill that neither I nor my staff had an opportunity to read or review. Voting on a multibillion-dollar piece of legislation less than 30 minutes after being introduced is no way to conduct the people’s business, especially after reports that small businesses & hospitals could be negatively impacted. The U.S. Congress shouldn’t have to pass a bill to find out what’s in it. We all want to help Americans as we face the spread of #COVID19 but this complete rush job is not the way to do it.”
As usual, there was a sharp divide among those who responded to Lesko’s tweet.
Michael Muscato, who plans to run against Lesko, responded, “Is this a serious post? I read the previous draft in an hour. You just voted against all of America. You chose partisan games after a week of ranting about not playing partisan games. This is indefensible.”
Others tweeted support for Lesko.
“It definitely is riddled with pork that absolutely doesn’t belong there,” said one.